Autologous PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Defined

Autologous PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Defined

A-PRP is a high concentration of platelets with their growth factors surrounded in its own plasma. Since the Autologous Platelet-Rich Plasma is processed from the patient’s own blood, there is virtually no risk of an allergic reaction or rejection.

Why Use Platelet Rich Plasma?

We all know that platelets are particles found in blood that help with coagulation. When we have an injury the platelets accumulate and help to stop any bleeding along with other clotting factors. In addition, platelets contain Growth Factors which promote healing of the injury.

What are some of the growth factors?

  • Epidermal Growth Factor–regulates cell growth and proliferation during remodeling phase of wound healing.
  • Transforming Growth Factor–promotes angiogenesis
  • Vascular Endothelial GF–promotes new growth of blood vessels
  • Fibroblast GF–promotes the formation of collagen and new tissue itself.
  • Platelet-Derived GF–attracts macrophages and fibroblasts to the zone of injury.
  • Collagen stimulating GF– stimulates production of collagen for the promotion of healthy tissue and blood cells.

Using PRP is a method of concentrating these Growth Factors in the areas of injury by a simple office procedure. The method consist of drawing a tube of blood from the patient, spinning it down, and through a patented process, separating the platelets from the other blood cells so that the platelets and their growth factors can utilized either by injection with a fine needle or micro-needled into the face, eyelids, scalp, or other areas.

What can be expected by use of PRP?

In the face one will see the reduction in sun damage, wrinkles, more clarity, and simply younger looking skin. Healing time from procedures such as the Fraxel lasers or chemical peels should be more rapid. When used with fillers such as Sculptra, Juvederm, Voluma, Perlane, or Restylane the results are quite impressive, and we refer to this as a PRP facelift.

What is the recovery time using PRP?

There may be bruising if the PRP is injected. Using micro-needling them may be slight swelling and redness, but typically not enough to prevent one from going to work the next day. For optimal results 3 to 4 treatments may be best according to the amount of sun damage.

Author Info

E. Ronald Finger MD